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Re: cooling fan is oscillating regularly once f11 beta starts to run

You said earlier this Gateway unit is refurbished? I wonder if it is a physical fan or a power supply problem. I'm pretty accustomed to EMachines and Gateway units coming with the cheapest possible power supplies. Which go bad, it seems. I tend to plug even my laptop power brick into a good UPS unit rather than the wall outlet itself, because in my area, power spikes and sags are pretty routine.


On 04/10/2009 07:51 AM, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
   (while i'm on a roll ...)

   on this gateway m-1626, shortly after f11 beta starts to run, the
cooling fan kicks into this regular oscillation with a period of about
4 seconds -- speed up, slow down, speed up, slow down ... you get the

   to test that it's not a HW issue, i rebooted and hopped into the
BIOS and let it sit there for several minutes, whereupon it ran nice
and smoothly the entire time.

   as soon as i rebooted fedora and got to my GNOME desktop, the
oscillation started up again.  occasionally, it will calm down briefly
but that doesn't last long.

   anyone else seeing this?


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